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Norwalker Admits $400K Theft From Employer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A Norwalk woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire fraud stemming from a scheme to defraud her former employer out of more than $400,000, said David B. Fein, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.

Roberta Davis, 46, a former employee of Theatre Projects Consultants of Norwalk, waived her right to indictment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis. Davis used TPC check stock to write checks made payable to herself for a total of $349,365.76, Fein said. She also used the company's computer system to make it appear as though each check was made out to a vendor for a corresponding invoice. Davis then fraudulently signed the checks in the name of an authorized signatory and deposited them into her bank account.

In pleading guilty, Davis also admitted that she used TPC's American Express account to charge $58,534.11 in personal expenditures on the corporate cards of other employees. Davis was responsible for paying the company's American Express bill. Through this scheme, Davis charged extensive personal travel for her and her family members, as well as gas, clothing and other personal expenditures, including jewelry.

Davis also used an account at an office supply store to fraudulently obtain $7,028.05 in items, including computer equipment. At the time she was hired by TPC in August 2000, Davis did not disclose she was a convicted felon and had just been released from federal prison after serving a sentence for defrauding the Social Security Administration by faking her death and applying for a new Social Security number in the name of another person.

Davis is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns on March 28. She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a restitution order of $414,927.92. Davis has been detained since her arrest Sept. 8.

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